Climbing Rātā (Metrosideros perforata)
Last Modified: 11-2-2022 23:15
Climbing Rātā (Metrosideros perforata) is a climbing vine endemic to New Zealand. It is found throughout most of New Zealand, with its southern limits around north Otago. It often grows up the trunks of tree ferns and other trees in native forest. It has small, oval leaves about a centimetre long, and clusters of white flowers from late spring to early autumn. Rātā can be found throughout Marlborough, particularly in native forest.
As a member of the myrtle family, Rātā is susceptible to the fungal disease myrtle rust.
This example was observed in the Marlborough Sounds on the Queen Charlotte Track near Umungata Bay.
Image Date: 22/1/2022
Photographer: Christopher Cookson
Location: Latitude: -41.255829 Longitude: 173.943665